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Sia with Har Mar Superstar
9 p.m. Tue., March 11
The Parish at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com

Hard as it may be to believe, the performing artist known as Har Mar Superstar is still going strong after nearly a decade. Considering a common reaction to his show is, "Is that guy for real?" that's no small feat. The pudgy Midwesterner, who bears more than a passing resemblance to the mustachioed porn-star Ron Jeremy, sings lewd contemporary R&B lyrics mixed with electronic dance beats while barely clad in revealing stagewear like stretch pants, mesh vests and Speedo briefs. Schticky? You bet — but oddly enrapturing. He shares the bill with Sia, the British vocalist whose album Some People Have Real Problems is, two years after its U.K. release, the U.S. Starbuck CD du jour. Her slinky, smoky jazz vocals, which weave sinuously between pulsing electronic jazz, call to mind a cross between Fiona Apple and Portishead. Tickets $13.50. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Men
10 p.m. Tue., March 11
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

With the groundbreaking electronic dance-punk act Le Tigre on a hiatus of undetermined length, two out of the three members — JD Samson (also the keyboardist for the potty-mouthed electro-pop gender jester Peaches) and Johanna Fateman — have chosen not to let their Casio keys collect dust. The queer-identified, feminist pair of biological females have chosen the ironic title Men for their new touring DJ project, though the music, they say, is more about shaking the lower half of the body than the politics of it. The two spin their own club productions, remixes and mash-ups plus a hot mix of old and new disco fuel from breaking rappers like Santogold and Yo Majesty, grrl-punk like the Gossip, underground-DJ faves ESG, and time-tested dancefloor candy like Prince and Diana Ross. Bask in the cerebral glow of beats reclaimed and recontextualized for a queer nation or simply shake your hips. San Francisco's fluffy electro-funk outfit Hey Willpower opens. Tickets $10. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Wolter Wierbos

10:30 p.m. Tue., March 11
d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen St., 942 3731

9 p.m. Wed., March 12
Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St., 948-2583

10:30 p.m. Fri., March 13
Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532

In the latest of the great European improvisors making a New Orleans connection, Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos arrives in town for a series of shows. Wierbos is a first-call bone-man from Amsterdam who has played with groups from Sonic Youth to the European Big Band of the legendary Cecil Taylor to Alexander Schlipenbach's jazz orchestra. Wierbos possesses a great and powerful tone, and can play in styles that run the gamut from the skewed trad jazz of the band Available Jelly to the louder, more in-your-face music of saxophonist Frank Gratkowski. His gig with Johnny Vidacovich at d.b.a is full of possibilities. He is joined by Big Sam Williams, Rick Trolsen, Jeff Albert and Mark McGrain at the Saturn Bar, and as part of the Blue Nile's Open Ear Series, he appears with James Singleton, David Torkanowsky, Dave Capello and Justin Peake. — David Kunian

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Hopewell
10 p.m. Mon., March 17
Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532

The Brooklyn-based band Hopewell plays soulful, vaguely psychedelic rock that's as hard to pin down as it is hypnotic. Fronted by former Mercury Rev member Jason Russo, the band's fondness for grand musical gestures and delicately pretty melodies is the thread that runs through albums that hop track to track from soaring string movements to layered feedback to operatic space rock. Its latest album Beautiful Targets continues to demonstrate the breadth of its talent for reconciling opposites. Shrieking horns and epic crescendos dissolve into whispering, almost folky guitar with a masterful touch. With extra horns and percussion added to its standard instrumentation, the band has a reputation for playing monumental live shows. Tickets $5. — Fensterstock

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